San Francisco – next Sunday night, April 27th- The Nation Wants To Know

Playwright and screenwriter Anuvab Pal who is known for his insightful and pithy plays (Chaos Theory, The President is Coming, FATWA) and movie scripts (The Lions of Punjab Presents, The President is Coming), has made his style of comedy critically and commercially popular across the stages and screens in USA and India.

Pal has been performing as a stand-up comedian for the last year or so at The Comedy Store, London and The Comedy Store, Mumbai and around the world with a one-man stand-up show around the foibles of contemporary India titled “The Nation Wants to Know”.
New York Times has called Pal “India’s most intelligent stand-up comic” and the BBC says he is “India’s answer to PG Wodehouse”.

The Nation Wants to Know, which, he has written and performs in, has had 200+ sold out shows around India, the Middle East, the UK and now the US.

The Times of India calls The Nation Wants to Know “brilliant and spectacular. A witty clever, satirical evening of hilarity. A stand up comedians’ view of India’s place in the world that seems far more accurate than our politicians’ “.

The Nation Wants to Know
Stand up comedy by Anuvab Pal – “India’s most intelligent comedian!”
April 27, 2014
Cubberley Community Center Theatre
4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306
April 27th 5-7pm
Tickets: $25, $35
Get Tickets Here

10 Things I Learnt Today – 2nd February, 2014

  1. The navy’s eastern command headquarters are in Vishakhapatnam which is also the only port that will defend us from any attack from the east.  By sea.
  2. Dining with old people essentially means half the meal is spent arguing with waiters over nothing.
  3. If you are in a public profession and are known by a few people in a small way, the oddest place to be recognized is a bank because you are there usually to resolve something minutely clerical but the guy who recognized you can’t understand why you’d come down yourself to solve the clerical issue. You don’t have the heart to tell him because ‘I am that petty. And I think your bank is crap.’
  4. Columnists increase the number of columns they write not because they have multiple opinions but they need the cash.
  5. Everyone in India knows everything about the personal lives of everyone in Bollywood. Except the people that are actually working in Bollywood whose lives are being discussed. They have no idea.
  6. Woody Allen is not sure about the difference between Twitter and blogging. Or what those words independently mean.
  7. Space footage is the new new thing now. After Gravity, there’s a new space race, everyone’s donning the bulky white thingie and heading up there. Not to put a man on the moon but to put a high-tech camera on your chest and shoot how cool and blue the earth looks.  Only if other intelligent life knew what actually happens down here.
  8. There’s a reality TV show on a Hindi channel whose sole purpose is to get contestants to squeeze a foam ball out of a foam finger into a colorful waste paper basket for a grand prize of a momo dinner for two. This program has 8 different sponsors. Mad Men on an English channel has one.
  9. Smoke coming out of a Malaysian rice pot served at a Calcutta restaurant smells exactly like marijuana.
  10.  Urban legend rumor. An ICICI Bank ATM is never more than 500 meters from a Café Coffee Day. Anywhere in India. Unplanned. Or perhaps not. Hmm…

10 Things I Leant Today – 31st January, 2014

          10 Things I Learnt Today- 31st January, 2014

  1. Good artists love to talk about their art. Great artists are quiet reserved people who are done talking. They sit quietly worrying about how much they will get paid and when.
  2. Power cuts still happen. Like they did in India through the 80’s.
  3. Gene Hackman played Lex Luthor. And now Jesse Eisenberg. What does that say about time.
  4. Urban Indians can live without food, water, love. But not parties.
  5. People from Consulates get invited to everything in India. Especially things that don’t require anyone from a consulate. Like a car showroom opening.
  6. 90% of sales is liking the person selling you the thing.
  7. Salsa dancing is big in Riga
  8. Hearing middle aged men talk about how they can easily get laid in different world cities (or how they have), and how beautiful bartenders pour shots seductively in this or that nightclub must have sounded cool in…1989. Today, it sounds foolish.
  9.  The saddest person in the world is someone who hears a story like the one above and thinks he stands a chance in these cities and cancels existing plans to attempt a visit.

10. If someone you meet socially spends a couple of hours telling you how cool and wealthy and in demand they are, the first thing you’ll do once you get home is google them to find out how much bullshit there was in what they said. Even if there is none, you’ll find something. Its annoyance driving you, not fact.


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